19 / 11 / 2014 11.38am
A 16-day campaign to help organisations take action against domestic violence is running from 25 November until 10 December. The 16 Days of Action campaign aims to help organisations recognise the signs of violence among their staff and ensure staff are supported.
One in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. As the NHS is the largest employer in the UK, it is quite possible that, without realising it, we all know or work with someone who is a victim of domestic violence.
To mark the 16 days, we are highlighing our web-based resources to help trusts think about how to support staff with regards to domestic violence. This includes a guide on how to create a trust policy in tackling domestic violence, as well as five easy, cost-free ways to support staff.
Public Health England has also launched a new toolkit to support the 16 Days campaign. It is a step-by-step guide for businesses on how they can tackle domestic violence and raise awareness of an issue that impacts health, wellbeing, and absence and turnover in the workplace. For many victims the workplace is the only safe place, however 75 per cent of domestic violence victims are also targeted at work by their abuser.
These 16 Days offer an opportunity to raise awareness and to think through your current policies. You can raise awareness in your organisation using posters and internal communication messaging, and be visible through twitter and social media with daily posts, blogs and podcasts. In doing so, the workplace can be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that violence may be happening. For organisations wanting to demonstrate their commitment to take action against domestic violence, they can do so by joining The Alliance.
Find out more about the 16 Days of Action campaign